What is Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism is also called underactive thyroid disease and is when your thyroid gland does not make enough of the thyroid hormone. The thyroid gland is located in the front of your neck on the lower part. Hormones are released by the gland and travel through the bloodstream and affect almost every part of the body including the heart, brain, muscles and skin. The thyroid controls how the body’s cells use energy from food also known as metabolism. Metabolism affects a body’s temperature, heartbeat and the burning of calories. Therefore, without the thyroid hormone the body processes slow down and there is less energy.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
Symptoms of hypothyroidism can often mimic other conditions and can be vague. These symptoms include constipation, slow heart rate, dry skin, dry hair and hair loss, depression, changes in the menstrual cycle, fatigue, greater sensitivity to cold, unexplained weight gain and swelling of the thyroid gland.
Available Treatments for Hypothyroidism
Treatments for hypothyroidism include a synthetic thyroid hormone called T4. This pill is taken every day and is better than other medications because they may interfere with how your body absorbs synthetic thyroid hormone. Regular blood tests are also key to check thyroid hormone levels and doses of medication may need to change from time to time.
Eligibility Criteria for Disability Tax Credit for Hypothyroidism
To be eligible for this tax credit, a person must be impaired for over the period of one full year. They can also be eligible if they have difficulty in one of the following daily life activities, such as walking. For a walking impairment, the patient must be unable to walk 100m (a city block) or it must take them an inordinate amount of time (3 times longer than normal) to do so due to shortness of breath.
How To Apply for Disability Tax Credit for Hypothyroidism
To apply for this tax credit Form 2201 entitled “Disability Tax Credit Certificate” it must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. This tax credit is only available to those who have taxes payable. This form must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. Qualified registered medical practitioners include a medical doctor, physiotherapist, optometrist, psychologist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, and audiologist.
How DCC Can Help Claim Tax Credit for Hypothyroidism
Disability Tax Credit Consultants at DCC can help to claim this tax credit and collect up to $40,000 in disability tax credits.